You’ve seen it all before. Think Tom Green, Andy Milonakis, hell Gallagher. Add a little more melanin and you’ll get Eric Andre, one of comedy’s newest wild men. Andre and his comedic co-pilot, Hannibal Buress, wrecked the Earl with shtick from their Adult Swim late-night talk show satire.
Last night’s show pretty much pulled out all the tricks in the Eric Andre repertoire: foolish prank video clips, gross-out food throwing, semi-nudity and the possibility of surprise guests (or random weirdos) for extra guffaws. Where the pioneering Dave Chappelle once walked away from his Comedy Central series for a perceived lack of standards, Andre is unafraid to have his ass handed to him — literally offering it up for inspection as he tore up the set in a red-banded jock strap. He proceeded to douse the crowd with condiments, beer and God knows what else. It’s all fun and games until you have to scoop mayo out of your cleavage and resist gagging from the lingering odors. The wild gimmickry made it apparent that some of the most original comedy of the night came from local opener, Rob Haze, with a hilarious bit about Fifty Shades of Grey being featured on the PBS kids classic, "Reading Rainbow."
Lastly, as the musical guest, Killer Mike was almost too serious. The Dungeon Family alum performed part of “Reagan,” the lead single from his recently released, R.A.P. Music album. Before the mood got too heavy he said, “I don’t give a fuck about politics. I give a fuck about my audience, marijuana, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.” He got the crowd jumping again with verses from “The Whole World” and, of course, “Kryptonite.”
Post-show, Andre was at his most charming when he wasn’t trying. When I asked him about the sources of inspiration for his skits he said, “[They’re] from my mind, from watching TV when I was one, from watching '3-2-1 Contact.'” He kissed my hand and apologized for dirtying my dress in the maelstrom of morsels. “I miss you already,” he said as I walked away.
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